Tarantino’s Top Ten of 2013 Includes ‘Gravity’, ‘The Conjuring’ and… ‘Lone Ranger’?

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Before Midnight, Gravity, The Conjuring, The Lone Ranger. One of these things is unequivocally not like the others, but each share the honor of being deigned a high point in 2013 cinema by none other than Django Unchained director Quentin Tarantino, whose “best movies of 2013 so far” list has nearly everyone on the Internet scratching their heads in unified mystification – if only for the out-of-left-field choices that are his signature.

For a man who has built his career on pastiche and homage, Tarantino nonetheless marches to the beat of his own drum; nobody, then, should be surprised when he puts overlooked, unexpected, or flat-out reviled movies on his top tens. Back in 2011, he ranked The Three Musketeers alongside films like The Artist, The Skin I Live In, Midnight In Paris, and Moneyball, while 2010 saw Tangled and Kick-Ass (the sequel to which also pulled a spot on Tarantino’s current collation for 2013) on-level with The Social Network, Enter the Void, and True Grit.

So this new list is basically par for the course for QT, but at the same time The Lone Ranger feels like a film that belongs in a league of its own in terms of negative hubbub; few tentpole studio releases in the last couple of years have been taken to the woodshed by critics with quite the same fervor as Gore Verbinski’s take on the Western pulp hero. One wonders what QT sees in it that others didn’t. For reference, the full list – presented by The Quentin Tarantino Archives – can be seen below in all of its alphabetized glory:

1.  Afternoon Delight (Jill Soloway)
2.  Before Midnight (Richard Linklater)
3.  Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
4.  The Conjuring (James Wan)
5.  Drinking Buddies (Joe Swanberg)
6.  Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)
7.  Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
8.  Kick Ass 2 (Jeff Wadlow)
9.  The Lone Ranger (Gore Verbinski)
10.  This Is The End (Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg)

Ignoring the presence of The Lone Ranger and the disappointing Kick-Ass 2, that’s actually a pretty strong list of contenders in a release year littered with great movies. (One could put together an entirely different top ten list with absolutely zero overlap with any of the movies mentioned above.) Gravity (now a record-setter as of this weekend) and Blue Jasmine in particular are already enjoying a surplus of awards season buzz, while Frances Ha earned the privilege of being picked up for home release by Criterion. The Conjuring, on the other hand, is easily the best-received and most successful horror film of the year.

lone ranger trailer1 Tarantinos Top Ten of 2013 Includes Gravity, The Conjuring and... Lone Ranger?

“…hey, we’re as surprised by this as everyone else is.”

All of this presents a strong pedigree to stack The Lone Ranger and Kick-Ass 2 against, so there’s a lingering curiosity regarding what QT found so compelling about them. At a glance, they both speak to the sort of exploitative, genre-driven cinema that Tarantino is drawn to  as a movie geek and as a filmmaker; perhaps that’s all the explanation anyone need – though it’s certainly the best we’ll get as Tarantino doesn’t tend to wax eloquent about these sort of things.

What do you think of his list, Screen Ranters? Did he get it right? Did The Lone Ranger get railroaded by overeager critics, much as the cast and crew of the film believe? Is he just trolling us all? Has he overlooked too many good films – like The World’s End, by pal Edgar Wright, and Machete Kills, by occasional collaborator Robert Rodriguez – for this list to stick? It’s possible he’ll change the whole thing around again come December, but for now this is what we’ve got; fire away in the comments section!


Source: The Quentin Tarantino Archives

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  1. Meh. Not surprised. He picked Robin Hood and Knight and Day as one of his favorites in 2010.

    • Robin Hood is a good movie.

      • I thought it was completely lifeless and the performances were depressing, which is the opposite of Robin Hood.

  2. I thought LR was unfairly savaged. I got what I wanted out of it, a silly action summer film. It was, IMO, by no means as bad as critics were saying

    • +1. I liked it.

  3. Kick-Ass 2, HELL YEAH!!! Loved that movie. Go Tarantino! But Lone Ranger, f*ck that. I know this will most likely start another pointless argument, but I don’t care, why the hell is Man of Steel not in this list? But whatevs, to each their own.

    • Quentin absolutely LOVES brian singer’s superman returns

      • Well he’s one of the few then.

        • I’m a fan myself. Glad he gave some love to kick-ass 2.

          • Yeah, Kick-Ass 2 needed it. I loved it and am hoping for a 3rd.

            • agreed. I want more Hit-Girl!

        • What is with the shade for that movie lol it was a good movie and people around here act like it was the most disgusting piece of s*** they ever watched.

          • read the comics and you’ll know why it sucks a** and is a big lie to fans of the comics.

            • I do read the comics. I think Superman returns is pretty great. Man of Steel is amazing though IMO. I hate statements like the above that claim to have a definitive opinion on the quality of a movie. Guess what, different people like different things.

              • i was talking about kick ass not superman =.= i couldn’t give two s*** about superman or anyone’s opinion on him…

                kick ass 2 was horrible in terms of pace, character growth, action and just in general everything else. it felt 1hr and 30min of nothing…

                • Well I disagree with that also. I thought kick ass 2 was this years most purely entertaining movie. I thought the kick-ass 2 comic was very weak compared to the first.

                  • you liked the movie more than the comics it was trying to emulate but failed hard at ?

                    • If it were trying to emulate the comics it would have included all the controversial material in the books. Kick-Ass 2 isn’t much like the comic at all, its just a fun, humorous, slam-bang action good time that is capitalizing on the Kick-Ass brand and thats good enough for me.

                    • So if I’m understanding your point correctly, I enjoyed it and you didn’t?

                  • My brother said the same thing. He read both comics and said the 2nd one was pretty weak compared to the first. I hadn’t read the comics but I loved the first Kick Ass. When the sequel came around and the reviews were bad most people blamed the source material cuz apparently the Kick Ass 2 comic sucked. I however thought the movie was great. Far from perfect but it gave me more Hit Girl and thats all I really wanted :)

  4. He’s picking movies he likes. Everyone is different. If the Lone Ranger was that bad, then why did anyone see it after the second weekend. Obviously, someone said, “Hey, I gotta see the Lone Ranger!” and walked out impressed. These are movies, meant to entertain us. We see them all in different ways. Good for him to acknowledge what he likes and not pick what everyone else picks. He likes what he likes.

    • Lol
      If Lone Ranger was good, why wasn’t it a blockbuster ?

      • it doesnt have to be a blockbuster to be good dude….

      • It wasn’t because Dumb ass critics bashed the movie so bad, ppl didn’t go see it. I did and I liked it, I love QT (no homo)because he is different and is not afraid to speak his mind. But ppl like you I guess can never do that. Just saying ;)

  5. I thought The Lone Ranger was a halfway decent movie. I agree with Voodoo, I got what I wanted out of it too.

  6. If I had a top ten list, The Lone Ranger would be on it too. I thoroughly enjoyed it. :)

  7. I *died* towards the end of that film. it just wouldn’t stop. It was browbeating, meandering, and tedious, all at the same time.
    even the fact that it occasionally looked as good as it did. jesus – I swear – I felt a sense of claustrophobia and near panic in the last half hour – the structure was so weird, and those pull backs to that horrible set up with the kid. christ. I was terrified it was just never going to stop. Its the first time I’ve come extremely close to walking out of a theatre. And its not the worst film I’ve seen or anything – I just couldn’t take it anymore. the last time I felt panic like that was the last half hour of man of steel. I couldn’t believe it was still going on when it was – the last half hour of that lasted an eternity and sucked the complete life out of me.
    Thank god, My friend paid my admission fee…

    • I’m talking about the lone ranger aka 2 hours and 30 minutes in hell

      • Lone ranger was a great movie if you dont like it you just dont

  8. I didn’t like The Conjuring but everyone else seems to think it’s great different strokes…

    @Drool Monster I felt exactly the same watching The Lone Ranger and did walk out before the end!

    • I didn’t want to insult my friend
      Should have walked out
      It was a nightmare

      • Went with my girlfriend, she wasn’t happy I however was on my third beer and didn’t care! Still don’t know how it ended and couldn’t care less

  9. Hey Mr. Crump, you should think twice before you say that QT “doesn’t tend to wax eloquent about these sort of things.” QT is probably the biggest film fan in the world and he reviews plenty of movies in both podcasts and on his YouTube channel. So likely, he’ll discuss his top 10 list at the year’s end. He’s one of the few directors that acts like a fan and actually will have discussions about films. Not many others do that.

    • I say that only in reference to his list-making, and only because I can’t recall a time when he sat down and drilled down about his choice for his 2010 and 2011 lists. Maybe I’m mistaken and he did. If I’m not mistaken, though, then I wouldn’t expect him to bother defending on paper or via podcast/Youtube his decision to put The Lone Ranger on his 2013 list.

      Though I’d love to hear him share his thoughts on the film myself. The guy’s a talker. I just don’t think he’ll end up revealing his reasoning behind his picks here, is all.

  10. Everybody has their own opinions…

  11. Actually the only one on the list that irks me is Blue Jasmine. I thought that was awful…

    • here here, what made it worse was Cate Blanchett talking about her role in the film as if she had just changed the history of Cinema forever

      • Really? You guys didn’t like it?

        I have yet to see it but from what I read it was universally praised. Its on my list for later.

        • It’s pretty great. And Blanchett gets to talk about her performance as much as she wants because she’s pretty great in it.

          Tarantino clearly loves the hell out of Allen, between Jasmine making this list and Paris making 2011′s.

          • Your right what a compelling argument! I got it wrong It’s pretty great and Blanchett can be as pretentious as she likes

  12. The Lone Ranger Rocked!!

  13. I approve 100% of everything on this list. But where’s Man of Steel? just sayin.

    • Agreed. Maybe Man of Steel is just so great it can’t be listed? Boy am I gonna take crap for that comment.

      • Not from me! I think man of steel is this years best movie by miles.

  14. No Pacific Rim?

    • Guess its not his cup of tea.. Its definitely mine though!!

  15. Lone Ranger was probably my second favorite movie of the year behind Star Trek Into Darkness.

  16. I thought You’re Next, Evil Dead, and The Lords of Salemwere better horror movies then The Conjuring

    • I can see that argument. Personally, V/H/S/2 and We Are What We Are (and Willow Creek) take the horror cake for me thus far, but I have room in my heart for loving Evil Dead, The Conjuring, and even Lords of Salem, too.

    • 2nd that

  17. man of steel is the best movie of the year screw critics who didnt get the point of the movie..pacific rim shud have been in that list..the lone ranger was crap first time tarantino disappointing me…lone ranger really sucked the studio wasnt sure whether to make a pg 13 or R-rated movie some scenes got really violent for a young audience and some jokes were too kiddish for an adult audience poorly balanced movie and a great waste of money!!!!

  18. Reporter: Mr. Tarantino, you should do the list of your top 10 movies of the year again.

    Tarantino: I’m planning of putting it online tomorrow.

    The Next Day

    Tarantino sits at his computer.

    Tarantino: Alright. Number 1…Afternoon Delight. 2…Before Midnight, although I hated the sex interrupted by a telephone cliche…3…Blue Jasmine. I mean, come on, it’s Woody Allen…4…The Conjuring. I’ll never drink before going to the movie theater to see a scary movie. I peed my pants…5…Drinking Buddies. Putting it just as a reminder to never drink again before going to a movie theater to see a scary movie…6…Frances Ha…I enjoyed it. It reminds me of my time in college…7…Gravity…It reminded me of when I smoke Mary J, just spacing out…8…Kick Ass 2…It looks a lot like my movies. Lots of blood, hell yeah…

    Tarantino sniffs cocaine.

    9…The Lone Ranger…10…This Is The End…It’s a shame they didn’t invite me to that party. Would’ve downed that blow like Cera did in the movie

  19. I don’t see what the problem is. Movies are supposed to be viewed subjectively.

    My only problem with The Lone Ranger was that it was too damn long. Take off 30 minutes and it would’ve been a pretty good movie, imo. Now, I’m not a big fan of Armie Hammer, but I did like him in certain parts of the movie. Johnny Depp played a tweaked version of Jack Sparrow. But William Fichtner was awesome. I think most people can agree that he was the best part in the movie.

  20. Its called ‘Tarantino’s’ list for a reason. It’s not mine or yours or anybody’s. Remember that before you rip it. Peace.

  21. Meh, it’s his opinion and I’ll respectfully disagree.

    For me, out of the movies I’ve seen so far, I’d rank them as:

    1. Pacific Rim
    2. The Wolverine
    3. Iron Man 3
    4. Evil Dead
    5. The World’s End
    6. Man Of Steel

    I’d add Gravity to that list if it’s any good when it releases next month. Haven’t seen Elysium due to money reasons and the rest of the films this year (other than two) looked like crap so I avoided them. I also found The Conjuring and Insidious 2 to be as boring and not-scary-at-all as Insidious when I saw them (they are the aforementioned exceptions to my being unable to see more movies and so bad, they didn’t deserve a place on my half written Top 10 of the year).